Planner, Coles County Regional Planning & Development Commission, Charleston, IL

Under general supervision of the Executive Director of Coles County Regional Planning & Development Commission (CCRP&DC), this position performs a variety of professional planning duties relative to land-use and development and grant administration. This partially CF-TAT grant funded position is for 2 years with a possible extension. The primary focus is a USDA-RD strategic analysis study for a Multi-use facility (focusing on a new or upgraded correctional facility) in Edgar County for local government.


Position Details

  • Title: Planner I

  • Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt

  • Salary: $36,000

  • Resumes Due by February 1, 2021


Required Qualifications

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through four (4) year degree in land-use planning, geography, landscape architecture, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university; A master’s degree in a related field and or one (1) year experience in the planning profession in a public sector office is preferred.


Duties and Responsibilities


Essential Functions

  • Facilitate meetings with local governments and the public, including evening meetings

  • Working with local government representatives.

  • Conduct Financial Feasibility studies for proposed public infrastructure projects

  • Provides information to, and answers questions from, groups and local governments in our region concerning funding and processes.

  • Assists with review of development proposals with City, County, State and Federal agencies and private developers.

  • Conducts surveys and technical studies relating to land use proposals.

  • Analyzes existing land use, public facilities, environmental constraints, and other information in conjunction with development proposals.

  • Prepares written staff reports and participates in the development of staff recommendations for development proposals.

  • Meets with the Elected Officials and facilitates meetings of appointed Boards and Committees of the County and municipalities.

Other Duties

  • Prepares and manages grant applications.

  • Administer Grants

  • Attends staff, board and committee meetings.

  • Coordinates and leads site visits.

  • Schedules public meetings and hearings.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


Examples of Knowledge

  • County and State regulations relating to land use and planning.

  • Department policies and procedures.

  • Geographic Information Systems.

  • County and local government policies and procedures.

  • Hardware and software used to develop and deliver public presentations.

  • Valid driver’s license and means of transportation in rural areas

This position performs a wide range of diverse long range planning projects including, but not limited to: master plans; transportation planning; trail and open space projects; feasibility studies; redevelopment and enhancement projects; consultant agreements; citizen participation activities; and grant development.


Please submit resumes, by February 1, 2021,


via email to: kmcreynolds@co.coles.il.us - put Planner Position in title


or mail it to:


Coles County Regional Planning

651 Jackson Ave., Rm 309

Charleston, Illinois 61920

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